A proposed domestic violence shelter in Seneca County has received some much-needed funding. State Senator Pam Helming tells us more about a big grant for Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes:
Helming also says local businesses and residents have pitched in:
Currently, Seneca, Ontario, and Yates Counties are among the 6 counties statewide that do not have a domestic violence shelter. We’ve linked to more information about Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes below:
Senator Helming Delivers $300,000 to Build Domestic Violence Shelter
GENEVA – Senator Pam Helming today announced that she has secured $300,000 to allow Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes to build a domestic violence shelter in Seneca County. This has been a longtime priority of local advocates, law enforcement officers, and community leaders. This summer, Lori McConnell, of Waterloo, was murdered by her abuser. This tragic event highlighted the need for a local shelter. Senator Helming has worked with Lori’s children to deliver this critical funding and bring a shelter to our region.
“As a community we have come together and said enough is enough. We will not stay silent, and we will do everything possible to keep those who have been abused safe. To break the cycle of domestic violence, victims need a safe place they can go with their children to rebuild their lives. Our community pulled together after the murder of Lori McConnell, and as State Senator, I made a commitment to do everything possible to ensure that a shelter would be built to honor Lori’s memory and to prevent future tragedy. The development of this shelter is a direct result of the work of so many people, including Lora Bennett and Ryan and Matthew VanDoren, the children of Lori McConnell; Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra; Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce; Undersheriff John Cleere; Chief Deputy Kipp Goodman; Safe Harbors Executive Director Marisa Rube; and Generations Bank CEO Menzo Case,” Senator Helming said.
Safe Harbors Executive Director Marisa Rube, “It takes tremendous courage for victims of domestic violence to leave their abuser, and when they do so, they put themselves and their families at greater risk of harm. Thanks to Senator Helming’s incredibly generous contribution and the immense support from the community, we will soon have this desperately needed resource to help victims overcome one of the biggest hurdles they face – a safe place to stay while they start to rebuild their lives free of violence.”